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Princess Yachts “Superfly” X95 Officially Launched Online

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The new Princess Yachts Superfly X95 with its giant enclosed flybridge is an entirely new design for the UK based yacht builder and was created in collaboration with Italian Pininfarina design house and Olenski naval architects.
Princess Yachts X95 Side Front View
The new Princess Yachts “Superfly” X95. Credit: Princess Yachts

First unveiled as a concept in 2018, Princess Yachts have officially revealed the new Superfly X95 in a Facebook Live “round table” talk with various team members of Princess Yachts.

While usually held as a press conference at one of the major yacht shows, in light of current events, the Plymouth based company chose to instead hold the reveal at their South yard, aboard a 1:1 full-scale plywood mock-up of the X95.

The first model of the new Princess Yachts X Class, the long-range X95 is characterized by long-flowing lines extending from bow to stern and sees both the flybridge and main deck interior space extending almost the full length of the yacht.

It also features a fully enclosed and air-conditioned sky lounge, which together creates the “Super Flybridge” – the X Class’s defining characteristic and inspiration for the “Superfly” nickname. 

Princess Yachts X95 Side View
A sporty SUV of the sea with its defining Super Flybridge. Credit: Princess Yachts

Describing the new design, Princess Executive Chairman Antony Sheriff said, “The X95 breaks the mould of traditional yacht design. The unique open plan architecture is brought to life through our design partnership with the legendary styling house Pininfarina. The layout provides 10% more outdoor space and 40% more indoor space than a traditional motor yacht. This leap forward in space and versatility mirrors recent innovations from luxury automotive brands who have developed crossover models.”

Princess Yachts X95 Side Back View

Having joined Princess Yachts only 4.5 years ago, Antony Sheriff is a relative newcomer to the yachting industry (previously coming from McLaren Automotive where he oversaw the launch of models like the MP4-12C and P1). While he still wanted to maintain the brand’s heritage, he was also looking for the company to be brave and try new things, citing “to innovate is to do things that others are scared to do” and it was this thinking that ultimately led to the creation of the X95.

During the early days of his role as CEO, Antony was sitting aboard the helm of a 75ft Princess Yacht at the Singapore Yacht Show and began to wonder, “What does one do with all this space in the front (foredeck) and is there a better use for it? 

Princess Yachts X95 Exterior Upper Deck Bow
The re-imagined flybridge extends almost the entire length of the yacht. Credit: Princess Yachts

He also asked himself, “Is there any way to get rid of the helm station on the main deck? Is it possible to create a massive space on the main deck and put the helm-deck somewhere up top? Why do we build a flybridge the way we do and is there a better or different way to build it?”

These musings led to the idea for a new yacht and further evolved into three questions that needed answering:  

  1. Does it work?
  2. Does it float?
  3. Does it look great?

It would take another 16 weeks of pre-concept discussions and calculations with the team to get the proportions right and establish if the concept for the new Superfly X95 could even work. and getting the proportions right with naval architect Olesinski and Italian design house Pininafarina joining the project. 

Princess Yachts X95 Interior Skylounge
The fully enclosed and air-conditioned sky-lounge offers extensive views in comfort. Credit: Princess Yachts

There were several main challenges in achieving the desired outcome of the X95, with Andy Lawrence, Director of Design at Princess Yachts mentioning the first of those was getting the main saloon and the air-conditioned sky lounge on the top of a boat of this proportions.

Secondly, the naval architect Olesinki wanted the design to be very airy and flow well from the interior to exterior areas, requiring an unprecedented amount of glass to do so.

Princess Yachts X95 Interior Saloon
The X95 creates more space on the main deck and greater opportunities to customize the layout. Credit: Princess Yachts
Princess Yachts X95 Interior Skylounge View
Extensive use of glass throughout the design required a hull re-design. Credit: Princess Yachts

This led to the third challenge of needing a hull design that could support the increased weight of the glass and required Princess Yachts to be innovative and something entirely new design to them.

Taking all of these considerations into account, the design team finally settled on the “Super Flybridge” concept with a vast, fully enclosed air-conditioned sky lounge.

Princess Yachts X95 Exterior Upper Deck
More living spaces to enjoy on the Superfly X95. Credit: Princess Yachts

In addition to the new flybridge architectural design of the X95, Princess Yachts also worked on a new hull design, with a piercing bow that extends the waterline forward, improving efficiency up to 15% compared to traditional hull designs. This unique design was such a move away from previous models that they had to take the new hull design to the testing tank to ensure the design worked how it was supposed to.

Princess Yachts X95 Docked
The piercing bow of the X95 increases efficiency up to 15%. Credit: Princess Yachts

Powered by twin MAN V12 engines producing a total of 3800hp and in conjunction with the new hydro-dynamic efficiencies, the Superfly X95 can reach a maximum speed of 23 knots, which is impressive when compared to previous generations that required a combined horsepower of 5200hp to achieve the same speed. With a full tank (13,400 liters), the X95 also has a range of 2,000 miles at a cruising speed of 10 knots and is suitable for long-range journeys. 

Princess Yachts X95 Exterior Decks

Design-wise, the X95 also offers the greatest amount of living spaces in a Princess design of this length and an even higher level of pre-designed options from the factory designed layouts. Before the X95, approximately 10% of the Princess Yachts design team worked on “non-standard” options for clients, but with this new project, that has now increased to 25-30%.

In the presentation, Sarah Verey, Creative Design Consultant Princess Yachts shared, “She’s got 30% more internal volume than another other 95ft boat design we’ve designed. The temptation is always to fill the volume but actually we wanted to create a really architectural interior on this boat. So we deliberately didn’t want to fill the space. We wanted there to be a lot of design elements in there, but when you walk in it’s a sum of all the parts. It’s walking in and going “[wow] there’s something about this. I can’t put my finger on what it is but it just works.”

Princess Yachts X95 Interior Master Stateroom
Princess Yachts X95 Interior Master Stateroom Dressing Area

One of the benefits of choosing a model like this is that each client is able to work with a creative design consultant like Sarah Verey to personalize the design and end up with a bespoke result that will take just over a year to build from the time the client specifications are submitted.

Onboard, the standard Princess Yachts X95 deck design can accommodate up to eight guests on the lower deck in a full-beam master stateroom, two twin guest cabins, and a double VIP suite forward. 

Princess Yachts X95 Trio Decks
The X95 can be configured with multiple different layouts depending on owners requirements. Credit: Princess Yachts

However, as an example of the versatility afforded with the X95, the owner of the first build slot opted to configure the yacht with a five-cabin layout consisting of a full-beam main deck master suite, plus a non-standard lower deck layout featuring an aft VIP stateroom with an adjoining gym. 

With ten X95 models already sold to owners around the world, Princess Yachts have even had to push back the production schedule of the M Class to accommodate the demand for the new Superfly X95, proving that this design has struck a chord amongst fans of the brand.

And for owners who are looking for something a little smaller but still wanting similar functionality, rest assured, plans are well underway for a younger sister – the X80.

Princess Yachts: www.princessyachts.com

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New Triton “Titanic Explorer” Submersible Designed to Explore The Deepest Oceans

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Triton’s new 13000/2 TE (Titanic Explorer) is the world’s deepest-diving acrylic-hulled manned submersible ever produced and makes the deepest oceans that little more accessible.
Triton Titanic Explorer 1300/2 TE Wings Underwater
The Triton 13000/2 TE Titanic Explorer. Credit: Dark Ocean Design

Triton Submarines new 13000/2 TE (Titanic Explorer) is the world’s deepest-diving acrylic-hulled manned submersible ever produced and is more than capable of repeated journeys to explore the Titanic if that’s something you ever find yourself in a position to do.

Triton 13000-2 Personal Submersible TE Dive Series Mode 6 Silver Wings Deployed Dark Ocean
First ever use of gull-wings on the Titanic Explorer. Credit: Dark Ocean Design

Founded in 2007 and based in Florida USA, Triton have been creating industrial and personal submarines for a range of applications and now coming off the back of their first manned mission to explore the RMS Titanic in August 2019, have set about creating a personal submersible that could be used for professional deep-ocean exploration missions.

Capable of exploring up to depths of 2.5 miles (4,000 meters) the Triton 13000/2 Titanic Explorer (TE) is a two-passenger sub capable of carrying up to 500kg of equipment in its storage unit and uses a unique gull-wing design for the first time ever.

Capable of exploring to depths of 2.5 miles (4000m). Credit: Dark Ocean Design

Positioned at the top of the submersible, the unique gull-wing design allows for streamlined ascent and descent of the submersible when the gull-wings are retracted and minimizes disturbance to the sea-bed when taking off as the propulsion system is no longer positioned at the bottom of the vehicle.

Triton 13000-2 Personal Submersible Storage Options
Onboard storage capacity of 500kg. Credit: Dark Ocean Design

Another benefit to the gull-wing design is its ability to move in and around incredibly tight spaces.  A mounted camera and lighting system on the gull-wings also offers the ideal setup for macro work, scientific observation or close filming when needed.

Triton 13000/2 Triton Explorer Personal Submersible Side View
Useful for scientific study and underwater cinematography. Credit: Dark Ocean Design

When operated in Silent Glide mode, the Triton 13000/2 TE can track objects, maintain a heading and gently glide towards points of interest by moving in gentle sweeping turns without engaging its eight direct-drive thrusters. This helps minimize camera shake and disturbances to the sea floor when using the submersible for cinematic videography purposes.

Previous model vs the new Gull-Wing Triton Titanic Explorer. Credit: Dark Ocean Design
Previous model vs the new Gull-Wing Triton Titanic Explorer. Credit: Dark Ocean Design

If you want to teaser of the kind of underworld experience you could have in the Triton Titanic Explorer, check out BBC’s award-winning Blue Planet II which features underwater footage shot from the Triton Titanic Explorer.

For more information visit Triton Submarines.

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Silent Yachts New 80ft Solar Power Catamaran Designed For Sustainable Yachting

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Silent Yachts is focusing on sustainable yachting and has already received three orders for the new 80ft Tri-Deck Solar Electric Catamaran, with an even larger model currently in the works.
SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran with "open top" option. Credit: Silent Yachts
SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran with “open top” option. Credit: Silent Yachts

Austrian-based Silent Yachts is focused on sustainable yachting and with three new orders for the solar powered 80 ft Tri-Deck Catamaran, are glad to see increased interest in a greener future for yachting.

“We are happy that the interest to fully sustainable yachting keeps growing,” said Michael Köhler, founder and CEO of SILENT-YACHTS. “Our latest orders are another confirmation of this trend for a much greener future. The first SILENT 80 Tri-Deck closed version will have a master cabin in the top deck, but a lounge or studio could possibly also be placed here on future units.”

Silent 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran with "closed top" option. Credit: Silent Yachts
Silent 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran with “closed top” option. Credit: Silent Yachts

Referred to as the “Tesla of the Seas,” the SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran is a self-sufficient ocean-going solar electric catamaran that utilizes silent electric propulsion for unlimited range without noise or fumes.

Powered by solar panels located on the deck roof. Credit: Silent Yachts
Powered by solar panels located on the deck roof. Credit: Silent Yachts

The three-deck catamaran is capable of speeds up to 20 knots with the most powerful e-motor options and can travel up to 100 nautical miles a day at cruising speed without consuming any fuel. It also incorporates lightweight and recyclable materials to support the green and eco-friendly nature of the build.

SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran Main Saloon. Credit: Silent Yachts
SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran Main Saloon. Credit: Silent Yachts

Without the need for a standard engine room (as it’s solar-powered, it is fitted with a pair of electric engines) and has one of the largest garages for a catamaran its size and can fit a 17ft meter tender.

The SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran price begins at 5.51 million euros, and a larger model is currently in design and will be revealed later this year by Silent Yachts.

Silent Yachts 80 Tri Deck Catamaran Saloon
Silent Yachts 80 Tri Deck Catamaran Saloon 1
Silent Yachts 80 Tri Deck Catamaran Galley
Silent Yachts 80 Tri Deck Catamaran Owner Cabin
SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran Owner Cabin. Credit: Silent Yachts
Silent Yachts 80 Tri Deck Catamaran Master Cabin
SILENT 80 Tri-Deck Catamaran Master Cabin. Credit: Silent Yachts

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Dynamiq Launches New Golden GTT 135 Superyacht “Stefania”

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Dynamiq has launched their first GTT 135 hull, the golden Gran Turismo Transatlantic (GTT) superyacht known as Stefania.
Launch of Dynamiq GTT 135 "Stefania" superyacht at Massa, Tuscany. Credit: Dynamiq
Launch of Dynamiq GTT 135 “Stefania” superyacht at Massa, Tuscany. Credit: Dynamiq

After two years of construction, Italian shipyard Dynamiq have launched their first Gran Turismo Transatlantic GTT 135 hull, known as Stefania, from their shipyard in Massa, Tuscany.

The 135ft ft metallic golden hull design is an evolution of Dynamiq’s GTT concept and is a truly international collaboration with exterior design of the superyacht completed by Monaco-based Dobroserdov Design, interior styling by Miami-based Giuseppina Arena, and engineering completed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects in the Netherlands.

Built at Dynamiq's shipyard in Massa, Tuscany. Credit: Dynamiq
Built at Dynamiq’s shipyard in Massa, Tuscany. Credit: Dynamiq

Designed around the owner’s desire for a superyacht that would fit their active lifestyle, Stefania was created with an oversized pool deck on the main deck and a beach club that adjoins the bar area to maximize the outdoor living space.

The large sundeck area is also divided into multiple spaces with a Jacuzzi, large sun pads, and two 75inch tv screens in one section, and an entertaining bar in the other.

The golden fast displacement hull design of Stefania. Credit: Dynamiq
The golden fast displacement hull design of Stefania. Credit: Dynamiq

Built to accommodate ten guests in five staterooms, Stefania’s Art Deco-inspired master suite and guest bedrooms are located on the lower deck, while the living areas and saloon are found on the main deck.

Art Deco inspired main saloon design of Stefania. Credit: Dynamiq
Art Deco inspired main saloon design of Stefania. Credit: Dynamiq
Art Deco inspired bedroom design of Stefania. Credit: Dynamiq
Art Deco inspired bedroom design of Stefania. Credit: Dynamiq

“We are very proud of this achievement, especially in these challenging COVID-19 times” says Dynamiq founder and CEO Sergei Dobroserdov. “This beautiful 41-metre superyacht looks impressive and fresh and expresses the innovative and chic soul of Dynamiq yachts. Just as importantly, she also performs at the top of her class with the latest technology on board such as the Hull Vane aft foil and a unique torque compensation system by Rubber Design, to name just a few. We’re sure she’ll be a source of exclusivity and pride for her owners, a family that didn’t follow the mainstream path and selected the Dynamiq GTT 135 because it’s the best vessel in her size range, together with her reverse bow, long waterline and master cabin located in the most comfortable place amidships on the lower deck. We are now completing the sea trials where our team and surveyors witnessed how her technical innovations took performance and comfort to the next level.”

Created with a focus on outdoor living areas for the owners family. Credit: Dynamiq
Created with a focus on outdoor living areas for the owners family. Credit: Dynamiq

After Stefania has completed her sea trials, she will be based in Monaco for charter and managed by Arcon Yachts (who also oversaw the build throughout construction).

Dynamiq have noted a second GTT 135 hull will be available for a Summer 2022 delivery with price starting from 16,500,000 € (approx USD$20 million).

Dynamiq Stefania Yacht Shipyard Launch
Another GTT 135 hull will be available for a Summer 2022 delivery. Credit: Dynamiq

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